FOOTBALL: A BRACE from Jamie Smith helped Racing Club Warwick secure a fifth win in six matches away at Coventry Copsewood and another three points pushes them up to fourth in the Midland League Division One.
Just four weeks ago Copsewood had knocked Warwick out of the cup on penalties, but this time around it was Michael Hayden’s side who had the last laugh as they extended their unbeaten run in the league to six matches.
Warwick had not beaten Copeswood for many years and it looked early doors as if the ‘hoodoo’ was still in place when an early penalty appeal was waved away after Wade Malley looked to have been scythed down inside the box.
Both Smith and Joseph Wright spurned one-on-one opportunities before Smith soon made amends when he scored the opener in the fifth minute with a low shot.
Warwick continued to play good football with Alex Price and Martin Slevin pulling the strings, while Smith was causing a major headache to the Copsewood full-back.
In the second half Warwick were quickly on the front foot again with Brown coming close after mazy run but he fired his effort straight at the home keeper.
Warwick doubled their lead when Malley was upended inside the penalty box and Smith coolly despatched the resultant spot kick on 52 minutes.
Just minutes later the result was put beyond any doubt when Slevin dropped his shoulder and beat two men before a looping a shot over the stranded Copsewood keeper.
The only concern now was the patchy fog and an abandonment but it stayed light enough to end the Copeswood Jinx and with good game management Warwick managed to see the game out.